December 2017
Help Us Bring Project Green Schools to More Schools!

People are asking  "What can I do to   protect our environment?"

As the year comes to a close, everyone gets in the giving mood and as you make your end of year donations we'd like to inspire you to inspire students in learning about protecting our environment. Never before has there been a more important time to protect our environment and shape the future.

Creating a culture of environmental concern and action starts with students. In every school. In every state. Across the U.S. And we can make a green difference. From the ground up. 

Project Green Schools has been growing a Giving Tree throughout 2017. We are looking for businesses, organizations, government leaders and individuals who share our vision to make a commitment now and help us grow our Giving Tree. We need your help.

Sprout a new leaf  with your donation .  

Project Green Schools  is developing the next generation of environmental leaders ...(read more) 
THANK YOU to our most recent donors:
Chuck Bates
James Cohen
Vivian James Rigney
June Sidman
Morris Singer
Support Project Green Schools this holiday season while shopping for loved ones at the same time!

PGS has partnered with Maxim Enterprise, Inc. to not only bring you amazing sustainable wood toys for all to enjoy this holiday season, but to support scholarships for K-12 students and schools in a variety of ways.

25% of ALL sales made using coupon code "GREEN" will be donated to Project Green Schools' Scholarship Fund.

Head to their website and use coupon code " GREEN" now!
NOW accepting applications for Project Green Schools' National Green Student Leadership Council

Project Green Schools is looking for highly motivated students in Grades 5-12, to represent their state. Students will have opportunities to meet with policy officials, attend policy briefings and events, as well as attend business and stakeholder events.

The National Green Student Leadership Council advances the student voice with regard to environmental education and environmental literacy. The National Green Student Leadership Council provides a forum for student voices, where ideas, concerns, and suggestions are collected and put into the hands of local, state, and national leaders who will listen carefully and hopefully take action. The Leadership Council’s student leaders are the ones who communicate student views to those who make decisions about environmental education and environmental literacy. Learn More
Green Students for Puerto Rico video created by Student Co-Presidents Belle Allmendinger and Harjap Singh
PGS Students for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria barreled through and devastated the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Join Project Green Schools Students for Puerto Rico and help create a greener future for Puerto Rico now!
  
Project Green Schools was preparing to travel to Puerto Rico to present at a major environmental conference led by the  North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)  - the world-wide leader in environmental education - along with their non-profit partner and conference co-chair Para La Naturaleza (PLN). Sadly,..Read More

 Support the Next Generation and a Greener Future for Puerto Rico with your donation today !
PGS Student Co-President Attends Model UN

 Project Green Schools Student Co-President, Harjap Singh, recently attended a Model UN Conference . A Model UN, allows students to debate through taking on the role of a country and their political view on a topic resembling one that would be discussed at the UN. Harjap was part of the SOCHUM (social, humanitarian, and cultural) Committee, and played the role of Denmark debating on the Central American drug crisis, and food insecurity in eastern Africa. The conference was a great experience! Harjap and his partner won an award as well. In his opinion, the biggest takeaways from Model UN are public speaking, diplomacy, analytical thinking on real-life events, as well as leadership and learning to take charge.
Who is Your 2018 Hero?

Do you know someone whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership, and exemplary persistence and courage protects children from school hazards and unhealthy conditions?

The annual  Healthy Kids Hero Award   was created as an annual opportunity to tell the story of the 1937 Texas School Explosion and to inspire leadership for school and community safety. 

March 18, 2018 is the 81th anniversary of the   1937 Texas School Explosion  -- the worst school disaster in American history. A gas explosion killed more than 300 people, mostly students in their new state-of-the-art public school where no expense had been spared  except when it came to safety.

Let's make March 18 an annual day to prioritize the values and technical skills we need to live safely with 21st century chemicals and technology.

Send your hero's story, name, and email/phone number by January 10, 2018 to ellie.goldberg@healthy-kids.info
UN Environment Launches Contest on Climate CoLab

UN Environment is seeking creative combinations of actions that can  achieve climate change goals  and  other Sustainable Development Goals , in ways that minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies. Authors are encouraged to select and combine actions from the over 2,000 proposals on the Climate CoLab platform.

Contest winners -- selected by a team of Judges and a public voting period -- will be invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s conference in Kenya (expenses-paid), meet with the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment, and have their proposal included in the Global Environment Outlook, which is UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment and is distributed to decision-makers around the globe.

The global community is invited to submit proposals until  January 7th, 2018.  
One Rural School's Journey to Becoming an EFS School

"Check out this inspiring story of how a school found purpose and vision in the idea of sustainability. Walter Huston, of Perkins Academy, is an alum of our EFS Leadership Academy. Many of his staff have participated in our annual Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability. We’re so excited to see how our work with educators here at the Farm ripples out through schools and communities to effect real change."
—Jen Cirillo, Director of Professional Development
Forest School Leadership Training 2018

This Level 3 Training is designed for professionals already working with young people who wish to establish and deliver a Forest School/Environmental Education program.

It is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant Level 2 or above qualifications (teachers, youth workers, playworkers, rangers, ecologists or teaching assistants with significant experience of working with young people or adults (at least two years). LEARN MORE
Apply for the 2018 Green Cleaning Award

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities recognizes and honors schools with outstanding green cleaning programs. The application for the 2018 award is now available online. Applications are due on Jan. 16, 2018. 
Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. 

Monday, December 11
6:30pm Space Mathematics: Active Math (NASA)

Tuesday, December 12 6:30pm POLAR-PALOOZA – The importance of the polar areas. (NASA)

Wednesday, December 13 3:00pm Building a Strong Local Foods Program for Your Campus (AASHE)

Thursday, December 14 2:30pm Earth Sense – Remote Sensing at NASA: Mission Geography 6-12 (NASA)

Tuesday, December 19 6:30pm Satellite Observations in Science Education: Hunting Icebergs (NASA)

APPLY NOW! Clean Energy Activity Day Program

The  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  (MassCEC) is accepting applications for the Clean Energy Activity Day Program. This Program funds a one day specialized Clean Energy Activity Day for elementary and middle school students.  

The event will be geared towards one of two age groups:
  • Kindergarten to 4th Grade (K-4); or
  • 5th Grade to 8th Grade (5-8). 

MassCEC anticipates awarding up to ten (10) “Clean Energy Day” events up to $8,000 per application from  Track 1  or up to $10,000 per application from  Track 2

Applications for this request for proposals are due no later than Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4 p.m
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Educator Trainings

Dec. 9, 2017, 9:00am–4:00pm
Fort Snelling State Park
Registration: $65, includes lunch
6 Clock Hours

Did you know we have a national park area in the Twin Cities? Attend Climate Generation’s one-day workshop to discover the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change happening right here along the Mississippi. You will hear from experts working in the field and engage in practical hands-on activities to take back to your classroom. Attendees may be eligible to receive bus stipends to support a climate change field trip for your class to Fort Snelling State Park!

March 12-13, 2018
Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN
Registration Fee $80

Join Climate Generation for this two-day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change. Understand the powerful factors that shape opinions, and gain the practical skills needed to influence behavior and inspire commitments to solutions.

Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about climate change and how to decipher credible sources
  • Understand what influences people to make decisions, and how to communicate effectively to inspire solutions
  • Cultivate your own personal climate story and learn how to use it as a tool to build understanding
  • Hear about innovative solutions and opportunities to harness them at the individual and community levels

June 26-28, 2018
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Registration: $200
Lodging: $37/night in double room on campus
22 Clock Hours
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions
  • Dive deep into Climate Generation’s Next Generation Climate curriculum, a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions
  • Experience St. John’s University’s 3,000 acre Arboretum, the largest solar array in Minnesota, LEED certified buildings, and much more
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

This application is open to all Massachusetts middle and high schools that either do not currently offer -- or aim to signifigantly expand -- an annual Science & Engineering Fair program.  Rolling Deadline!

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Careers and Internships

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge
The program facilitates the placement of college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state.  Apply Today

Registration is Open for Future City Competition
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. January 2018

The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites students to visit a local Massachusetts manufacturer and research the inner workings of the company’s manufacturing operation.  What does the company make? Why is it important? How does the product impact the world around them?  We’re challenging students to answer these questions in a 2-minute video that will be uploaded to the AMP it up! website. The video must include original footage of the visit and/or an interview with the company. Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Denver, Colorado
May 3-4, 2018

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